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Photo of Eileen NorcrossEileen Norcross s a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she specializes in federal, state, and local budget, tax, and spending issues. Her current research interests include public finance, fiscal federalism, new institutional economics and public choice theory. She received her Masters in Economics from Rutgers University in 1996 and her Bachelors in Economics and U.S. History from Rutgers-Newark. A native of New Jersey, she currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and their three children.

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Matthew Mitchell is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the lead scholar on the Project for the Study of American Capitalism, His primary research interests include economic freedom and economic growth, public choice economics, and the economics of government-granted privileges to businesses. Dr. Mitchell received his PhD and his MA in economics from George Mason University. He received his BA in political science and BS in economics from Arizona State University. A native of New Mexico, Matt now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife and daughter. Friends report that most conversations with Matt eventually circle back to New Mexico and Hatch Green Chili.

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Emily  Emily Washington is a Policy Research Manager for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She manages the Spending and Budget Initiative and State and Local Policy Project portfolios. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Economic Affairs, and The Daily Caller. She contributes to the blogs Neighborhood Effects and Market Urbanism. Emily is  an alumna of the Mercatus Center MA Fellowship at George Mason University. She worked with the Social Change Project in issues related to state and local policy and urban economics. After completing her MA, she worked in commercial real estate market research before returning to the Mercatus Center as an Associate Director of State Outreach. She graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD with a BA in Economics.

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James Broughel is the program manager for the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center and a doctoral student in the economics program at George Mason University. His research interests include social regulation, the regulatory process, and benefit-cost analysis for regulations. He earned his BA and MA in economics from Hunter College of the City University of New York. James grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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Jerry Jerry Ellig is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in the federal regulatory process, economic regulation, and telecommunications regulation. Jerry has also served as deputy director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission and as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress. He received his MA and PhD in economics from George Mason University and his BA in economics from Xavier University.

Sherzod Abdukadirov is a research fellow in the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in the federal regulatory process, institutional reforms, food and health, and social complexity. Sherzod has prepared numerous policy briefs on regulatory issues, has written for U.S. News & World Report, and also for scholarly journals such as Regulation, Constitutional Political Economy, and Asian Journal of Political Science. Sherzod received his PhD in public policy from George Mason University and his BS in information technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Patrick Patrick A. McLaughlin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he co-founded RegData. His research focuses on regulations and the regulatory process, and he has published peer-reviewed articles on several topics related to regulation, including administrative law, regulatory economics, law and economics, public choice, environmental economics, and international trade. Prior to joining Mercatus, Patrick served as a Senior Economist at the Federal Railroad Administration in the United States Department of Transportation. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Clemson University in South Carolina. Patrick currently lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife, two cats, and a dog that weighs more than his wife and two cats combined.

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Christopher Koopman is the program manager of the Project for the Study of American Capitalism for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His current research interests include public choice, law and economics, tax policy, and the economic effects of government-granted privileges. Christopher received a J.D. from Ave Maria University, and is currently a graduate student at George Mason University.

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